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NWPL SUPER 4 FALLOUT: EDO PLANS 20 MINI STADIA, SHAIBU, FALODE IN CLOUD NINE

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BY BEN ALAIYA.

 

The Curtain may have fallen in the Nigeria Women Professional League Super 4, but top officials of government and organizers have been making comments targeted at taking women football to new heights.

With Governor Godwin Obaseki, throwing his full weight behind the championship, his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu,  has also been making critical statements regarding the future of sports in Edo state and indeed Nigeria.

He told the media in Benin City that there are plans in the pipeline for Edo to build 20 mini-stadia across the 18 local governments of the state and such plans will soon be actualized. “Edo, Delta, if you like call it former Bendel State is the fulcrum of sports in Nigeria and we cannot let go, hence our plans to take sports to another level by going to the grassroots to make it count”.

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He said he has the assurance of his Principal and sooner than later those plans will soon start to materialize in Edo State.

An elated NWPL Chairman, Aisha Falode, said she was delighted that the tourney came to a fantastic close and she was looking forward to the next championship. She thanked the Edo State Government, the media board members and all stake holders for ensuring the success of the Super 4 Championship sponsored by the Edo State Government.

Meanwhile, Coach Edwin Okon and Delta Queens skipper, Joy Jegede, have taken their teams’ loss in the Super 4 in good faith.

Arguably, one of the best women football coaches in Nigeria, Coach Edwin Okon, hates defeat and as the top dog for recently concluded Super 4 Championship in Benin City, his team came last and he was not a happy man, but like he said he will fight another day.

Speaking to the media, Okon said he will come back stronger next time even as he feels that there was a conspiracy by the other team against his side.

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“We know ourselves very well and we are going to other competitions, everybody know the best team in Nigeria but I won’t talk until another event happens”

Delta Queens skipper Joy Jegede, who was also sad that her side lost in the final to Nasarawa Amazons, assured that the team will come back stronger and better in the next championship.

“We know what to do to grab all trophies and we will sooner than later do the needful”, the gangling central defender declared.

The Edo State Government gave all participating a token of N500,000, while the this place team got N1million extra from Akogate Group of Companies, runners up got N2million while the Champions, Nasarawa Amazons got N3million.

1-Flat Participation: N500, for all four teams

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2: Second Runner up: N1million

3: First Runner up: N2million

  1. Champions: N3million

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Nigeria’s broadcast icon, Danladi Bako hails NFF on choice of Finidi George

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Nigerian broadcasting icon, Dr. Nasir Danladi Bako has praised the Nigeria Football Federation for settling for former international and ex-Enyimba FC strategist Finidi George as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

The Kogunan Sakwatto, 66, who created a plethora of famous TV programmes including Morning RideMastersports and Second Chance, among others, and served as Special Adviser to a number of Sports Ministers many years ago, insisted the NFF leadership struck a bull’s eye with the appointment of the two-time FIFA World Cup star, stating that George oozes class and character, and an iron determination to succeed despite his public carapace of a quiet person.

“Finidi George has that cultured, disciplined mien and personality that makes you want to trust him with a big project. He understands the meaning of constituted authority and right from his playing days, has always displayed the attribute of a team player. He has always had that calm, collected nature even in the face of pressure or danger.

“Above all, he is not someone who thinks he is doing the nation a favour. He is grateful for the opportunity and I believe that he has all it takes to succeed. I am calling on the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, the NFF and Nigerians as a whole to support him to take the Super Eagles to brand-new heights.”

Bako, who holds a doctorate degree in development communication from the Ahmadu Bello University and was Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission between 1999 and 2002, says all hands must now be on deck to ensure victories in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic on 7 June and 11 June respectively.

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“No doubt, the NFF got this one appointment right. Very much on point. Now, they should endeavour to give George all the support he needs to succeed in his task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

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Nigeria’s sports minister, Enoh applauds NFF for ‘buying local material’

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Sports Minister Enoh (left) and NFF President Gusau (right) unveil Finidi.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh on Monday praised the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation for settling for an indigenous Head Coach for the Super Eagles, despite the plethora of foreign tacticians who applied for the job.

Enoh, who spoke at the unveiling ceremony of the Eagles’ new substantive Head Coach, Finidi George at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, charged the NFF to give the former winger all the support to succeed, while also soliciting the support of all Nigerians for the new helmsman.

“As a student of the University of Calabar in those days, I used to go to the UJ Esuene Stadium to watch Calabar Rovers, which included Finidi George. I am excited to see him seated here as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles.”

President of NFF,  Ibrahim Musa Gusau exuded delight with the ‘new chapter’ the Federation is opening about the Nigeria game, saying the football-governing body is determined to fully support George and his assistants to lead the Super Eagles to new heights.

“When we returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, we began the search for a new Head Coach. There was a plethora of foreign applicants, far more than the indigenous applicants. However, we undertook a thorough process that has produced an indigenous Coach and we are very happy about that. Finidi George was part of the technical crew that came close to winning the AFCON, and we have faith in him that he will lead the team to the title next time.  

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“Our objective now is to ensure the enthronement of excellence at all levels of the National Teams.”

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No more bench-warmers in the Super Eagles, says Finidi George

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New man on the managerial saddle of the Super Eagles, Finidi George has stated that  he will invite for international assignments, only players who feature regularly at their clubs either in Nigeria or in the diaspora, and promised that the Super Eagles will remain even more competitive in the years ahead.

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